Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cruising the Web

Jacob T. Levy has some great points to answer the argument that banning earmarks wouldn't make much difference since they deal with money that has always been appropriated. He makes points that I hadn't read elsewhere.

Thomas Sowell writes that the Obama administration betrays what Edmund Burke warned about the dangers of new people with new power.

The FBI hate crime stats that were released yesterday reveal that there were more hate crimes against Jews than Muslims. Of hate crimes based on religious bias, over 70% were against Jews; against Muslims - 8.4%.

Powerline has the video
of the UN Human Rights Council beating up on the United States while our representative thanks them for their criticisms. Countries stood in line overnight for the privilege of bashing the U.S. This is what Obama signed us up for. As Scott Johnson writes, "The Obama administration has a message for the world. The message is something along these lines: The United States is very bad, but Barack Obama is very good. He seeks to redeem America from its evil." Not a winning message.

Californian legislators can no longer impose taxes and call them something else like a "user fee" and thus get around the constitutional requirement in California to get a 2/3 majority when imposing taxes.

Virginia makes a change
in their procedures to pick their candidate to oppose Senator Jim Webb in 2012. They're going from a convention to a primary. Supporters of George Allen hope that that will make it easier for him to gain the GOP nomination.

Obama's outreach to corporate America isn't winning friends and influencing people. They want to see a change in policies rather than a few photo ops and private meetings with the President.

John Hawkins delves through conservative writing to pick his 25 favorite quotes about liberals. It will drive them nuts.

William Jacobson writes that the airport security line is becoming the equivalent of town hall meetings. He's right. Imagine all those conversations that will take place as people wait in those long lines this week.

Julie Mason points out that the Obama administration has gone back and forth in just the past few days on their message about the new TSA search requirements. Once again they'll be able to blame public anger on the public's misunderstanding of their position. Whatever that position is. For such a gifted communicator, he sure has trouble communicating, doesn't he?

Both Israelis and Palestinians agree on one thing. Neither is impressed with Obama's efforts to forge a new peace in the Middle East. Israeli opinion of Obama is the lowest for any American president.

And people won't get any happier if Janet Napolitano goes forth with what she said last week about considering allowing Muslim women to be able to opt out of the full-body or partial body pat-down.